Movers & Shakers Featured

12:11pm EDT October 28, 2005
Eli Lilly and Co. promoted John C. Lechleiter president and chief operating officer.

“This promotion reflects John’s strong leadership in a series of challenging roles, his absolute commitment to putting patients first and his deep connections with people inside and outside the company,” says Sidney Taurel, chairman and CEO. “John’s energy, passion and resolve will continue to be critical assets as we work to take full advantage of our expanded product line in a cost-conscious, competitive global marketplace.”

Lechleiter earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University and joined Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist. His experiences include roles in pharmaceutical product development, project management and regulatory affairs.

He was appointed senior vice president of pharmaceutical products in 1998. He was promoted to executive vice president of pharmaceutical products and corporate development in 2001, assumed the role of executive vice president of pharmaceutical operations in early 2004, then took added responsibility for the company’s United States operations later in 2004.

“I am honored and excited to have this opportunity to serve a company like Lilly — a company whose values I share and whose people I respect,” says Lechleiter. “I am anxious to lead our efforts in this new capacity and to ensure that all of our stakeholders — our customers, shareholders, partners and colleagues — benefit from our terrific product portfolio.”

The Transportation Security Administration named David Kane acting federal security director (FSD) for the Indianapolis International Airport.

Former FSD Dick Suekawa recently passed away.

Kane will fulfill the role of FSD while the agency seeks to fill this position. Kane has served as the assistant FSD for operations at Indianapolis International for two years.

Kane has 20 years of civil aviation security experience. In 2001, when the government assumed responsibility from the airlines for contracted screeners, Kane oversaw the transition and deployed interim federal security representatives to the airports until permanent FSDs were named by TSA. After working in the FAA’s Denver and Chicago field offices, he opened the Indianapolis field office in 1989, where his responsibilities included ensuring that the airports and airlines throughout Indiana and Southern Ohio complied with security regulations.

Prior to joining TSA, he was the FAA’s Indiana representative on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s OneDOT initiative. Kane also served as an FAA special agent and federal air marshal.

He attended Indiana University, the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

John Easley was named Eagle Creek Park manager.

Easley obtained a bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife management from Purdue University, and is certified as an associate wildlife biologist by the Wildlife Society. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in preaching and pastoral ministry and a master’s degree in New Testament homiletics from Johnson Bible College.

Easley began his Indy Parks career in 1984, working in several of the department’s divisions including forestry, nursery and landscape operations, park maintenance and athletic field maintenance. He left the department in 1994, first working for two local landscape firms, then entering into full-time ministry work.

Easley returned to Indy Parks in 2001, when he was named director of the Eagle Creek Park Nature Center and assistant park manager.

Robert D. Campbell joined NiSource as senior vice president of human resources. Campbell was previously an attorney with Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, and prior to that was vice president of employee and labor relations for NiSource.

While at Schiff Hardin, Campbell concentrated his practice on labor and employment matters. He also headed its Professional Personnel function and led the firm’s mentoring and training programs for attorneys. Campbell also played a lead role in the firm’s diversity efforts.

WellPoint Inc., the nation’s leading health benefits company, named Alan Spiro, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer of its National Accounts business unit. He leads the development and delivery of innovative care management programs for employers with more than 5,000 eligible employees.

These programs are central to WellPoint’s mission to improve the health of the people and communities it serves.

Spiro was most recently principal and national clinical practice leader for Towers Perrin, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop and evaluate health care and benefit programs for their employees. He developed Towers Perrin’s first e-health strategy and worked with health care organizations and insurers to develop new programs and products and to improve their operational performance.

Prior to joining Towers, Spiro was chief medical officer for Utilimed Inc., senior vice president and medical director for ConnectiCare and vice president and medical director for Celtic Life Insurance Co. He also ran his own private practice and worked for several hospitals throughout the United States.

Spiro is the author of more than 25 articles on managed care, clinical best practices, Medicare, disease management and gastroenterology, and has served as visiting professor at the Michigan State University Sloan School of Business.